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peniche. well, welcome on thursday morning much how are you? do i hear an echo on here? i feel like i'm on stage or something. yeah. good morning. how are you? like, hello, hello, hello. i'm robin meade. here's what's going on now. afghanistan's president is among millions of people casting their ballots among the threat of bomb attacks and violence. why the stakes of today's elections are so high for u.s. troops. and bill and some places not in the clear yet. bob will get you updated on the forecast. >> don't you just love people? >> i love ginger. >> that dog must love makeup.
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there was a lot of love between this dog and a news anchor. see what happened next. that's a great piece of tape. >> the cash for clunkers program seems to be a victim of its own success and may be running out of time again. the "washington post" says dozens of car dealers are pulling out of the program and say they're not getting paid by the government for the money they basically fronted to customers. >> this is supposedly 400,000 vehicle transactions that happened. only 2% of them have been approved for reimburse. . that's a very poor track record at this point. >> they are not going to ask for more money for this program at the white house. the $3 billion on the table is all that's left. when that runs out, it's not likely there's any more money coming behind it. these dealers opting out may not be opting out of all that much more cash for clunkers program. >> the secretary of transportation ray lahood said they will get paid.
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but the automobile dealers association is urging the government to shut down the program now. lahood says the obama administration is developing plans to do that and could announce something by tomorrow. there's your heads up on that. happening today, people in afghanistan are ignoring threats of violence and going to vote. the country's former finance minister, abdullah abdullah voted this morning. he is the top candidate to karzai. michael ware has spent a lot of time working there and says the country is still in the learning stage. >> i think this election is going to happen no matter what. it might not be pretty, it will be disrupted in certain areas. would we consider it a complete clean legitimate election? no. there's going to be deep flaws within it. but it will be enough for the afghan people? i would think so. >> that was a rocket attack in
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afghanistan's hel mud province today. a reporter there said there were nearly 20 rocket attacks, one rocket landed near a line of voters and a child reportedly was killed. another attack was reported at a voting site in kabul. six u.s. troops have died in afghanistan this week, five of those were killed in combat. hurricane bill continues to churn in the atlantic. look at that thing. its strength keeping changing, now downgraded slightly to hurricane 3. a hurricane or tropical storm warning may be issued for bermuda, the only major island near the storm's path. new details about the reality tv contestant wanted for questioning in the death of a former swimsuit model. police now say ryan jenkins and jasmine fiore had been briefly married. she was found strangled in a suitcase.
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he is come canada and that's where the cops are focusing. >> our fear is he might possibly be en route to canada. we were able to ascertain his involvement with the help of the los angeles police department. mr. jenkins reported miss fiore mi missing the evening that we discovered her body. he was the last person seen with her. >> well, jenkins was on t the -- two vh 1 reality shows, megan wants a mil ylionaire and another one and they said our thoughts go out to the victim's family. senator ted ken dy asking massachusetts to allow a speedy replace. for him in congress. it comes amid growing concerns of his battle with brain cancer. kennedy wants the governor to
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temporarily appoint someone to the seat. current law requires a special election be held. and michael jackson's dermatologist yesterday, you can see the lead investigator swarming the office. they said a week ago their investigation was finished. they already searched dr. arnold klein's office on the 14th. they said they were looking to update their info and dr. klein wasn't questioned. >> dr. arnold klein wants to maintain his utter cooperation with any and all law enforcement authority with respect to the investigation of the cause of death of michael jackson. he has done so and will continue to do so. i am confident as his counsel at the end of the day, he will be fully exonerated of any and all innuendo and speculation that exists in the media. thank you very much. >> jackson visited klein's office three days before he died. klein has denied giving him any
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dangerous drugs. the coroner's report said it won't release any information on jackson's death until the police end their investigation. a wild car ride with a boat slipping onto a highway. in west connecticut, a man stole the 32 footer and would not stop. he eventually started swerving back and forth and the boat tipped off the trailer and blocked traffic. no one was hurt. the man faces several charges. what about the boat? we'll have to figure that one out. six minutes after the hour now. meteorologist bob van dillen, on hurricane bill, its strength has been changing, i don't think the size has been changing too much. it's huge. >> no, a large storm, 85 miles out, how far it would extend from center. you look at the picture, look at the front edge of the swirling cloud mass, moving towards the west. getting buzz a little bit. a little bit of vertical sheer, drops it down to category 3, 125
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miles an hour sustained winds but continues to aim for the weakness in the bermuda high and shooting towards north atlantic. if you live in nova scioscia, newfoundland or cape cod or the coast, you could get caught in this tuesday. large waves apossible today starting in florida and the rest of the weekend. rip currents the whole nine yards, a rough surf. and rain showers beginning to fall apart a bit. oklahoma city, lots of thunderstorms towards the north. enid about to get hit with a big thunderstorm line as it comes from the west and the thunderstorms extend all the way south of chicago. yesterday, 18 tornado reports, minneapolis, iowa, wisconsin. look at the video out of the minnesota area. unbelievable damage coming in here. 18 tornado reports, kind of rare for this time of year. we might see more tornado action today lining up across the midwest.
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i'll have that point pointed in about a half hour. >> that looks really rough, 18 reports of tornados. you know the airline special deal was a little too popular. whi why jetblue is canceling it, all you can fly. and the mayor attacked by a man with a metal pipe. >> i think it's fair to say things got very very ugly very very quickly. >> he talked about what happened before the attack.
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in our salute to the troops, it's about five months until the wedding and jeremy class's fiance tells her how much she
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loves him and can't wait to marry him. >> this is bren today. i want to send a military salute to my fiance. we are very pleased to have you at home, honey and we love you very much. we know you're soon going to leave us and we just want to tell you that we cherish every moment we have with you and we love you. >> brenda, thank you very much. if you have somebody in the service you want to salute them, go to cnn.com/robin. we'd be happy to oblige. meanwhile, voters in afghanistan are having their second election ever. u.s. troops are working with nato and u.s. forces trying to provide security. good morning to you. what does the election mean for u.s. interests there? >> we have plenty of them there, robin, good morning. president obama is hoping successful election will bring stability to the war torn country. the united states has more than 60,000 troops in afghanistan. the last two month have been
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some of the deadliest since the war started in 2001. the next afghanistan president will be facing an uphill battle to reign in that violence and widespread corruption and the battle against the taliban. they were holding osama bin laden and would not give him up to the clinton administration not too long ago. >> what about success in their opinion. >> in most cases, turnout. about 15 million people are registered to vote in the country, robin. high turnout would be a sign people are not intimidated by the taliban. so far, turnout is high in the north but low in the south, c capital of kabul. those areas have been the target of majority of taliban attacks and also strongholds for in kum bent hamid karzai. >> we will give you more reports later. thank you. >> a family of 24 has moved into
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a new house. >> it's a dream come true we never ever thought we would see. >> a couple with special needs children endured years of setback, even a deal with a national tv show fell through. new for you in about 30 minutes. see what it took to get them into a 4100 square foot home. president obama's administration is sending a strong message to employers to get ready for a possible swine flu outbreak. let's go to our money expert, jennifer westhoven. kind of scary thought the administration is getting that idea ready. how are employers supposed to help contain the spread? >> that's part of the deal, robin, they're not just saying do this for your company, they're saying we need you to help contain the spread, like you're part of the front line in some ways. the white house is saying to business, the swine flu is coming this fall, get your act together. it wants the businesses to revise their sick policies in
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this case to be flexible and non-punitive, so you don't have people thinking, oh, i'm sick but i got to go to work. commenting in sick in this case isn't just bad for you, bad for the company, could be deadly for your co-workers. think about it. some measures your company can take, keep sick employees out of the office, they can try te telecommuting, try staggered shifts, when a new flu hits, it generally hits small in the spring and big in the fall-winter. this is going to be something that is very big, could impact a lot of people but also a lot of businesses. add new technology to massive government money, could mean something good for you. could mean shorter lines at the airport maybe by the end of next year. the stimulus act includes a billion for all kinds of new airport gear and kiplinger's finance report says the x-ray machine will show a lot more. what it means is they won't have
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to open up your bag and check through everything. that is a big reason for security line delays. one thing i'm hoping for, they will let you take your liquids on. >> yeah! your shampoo and hairspray. how many times have you been in line with a pretty high dollar hairspray, anything over $3 is high dollar for me and you have to leave it there. >> and they took it right in the bin right in front of you. >> i joust love it! kids are eating more foods spiked with nutrients. are these healthy products just junk food in disguise? and the best named colleges ending in a tie.
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the mayor of milwaukee is talking about being beaten over the weekend. police say the man attacked mayor tom barrett with a metal pipe after the mayor tried to help a woman being saulted. >> i immediately thought there was something wrong with the baby. i quickly pulled out my phone, as i think molly did, and we started calling 911. within seconds, we realized the problem was not with the baby, it was with the man. he came up and was very very agitated. >> the mayor has a broken right
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hand and large cut on his face. the security people were not with him that night. he and his family went to the state fair on the spur-of-the-moment and the police arrested the man accused in the attack. new this morning, your heart healthy breakfast may be just dressed up junk food. a price water research says it may not be as healthy as you think. it cites products like sugary cereals that say they have extra fiber and candy. and they think it's good for me and end up eat doing much. even bad for you food has vitamins. >> candy bars? really? that's bad for knew hard hitting research. >> the candy bars that have the energy boost in them. >> i know. still, they're full of sugar. anyway, what are you going to do. if you're traveling out there, a line of thunderstorms moving through the midwest.
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ind, indianapolis, goes all the way down to memphis. as that line goes through, expect delays to follow. here's what we have for the rest of the day, new york city, metro, philadelphia, atlanta, chicago, thunderstorms in the atmosphere. one hour delay if you dodge those guys and to charlotte and cleveland, detroit, cinci and mississippi, gets out of there about 1 oe cl:00, the morning f male or female. that's the question being asked of a south african track champion. how dare you! that's what i would say if somebody asked that. >> yeah. i would feel sorry for this teenager, the same day she won a gold medal, it revealed she was in the middle of a gender test. she dominated the championships. that's her. it wasn't even close. her dramatic improvement in times, muscular build and deep
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voice led to speculation about her gender. interestingly, the test takes several weeks, includes a gynecologist, endocrinendocrine psychologist and gender specialist. we won't get the results for a little while. the hockey player accused of beating up a cab driver over 20 cents was indicted. blackhawk scar patrick kane and his brother were charged with misdemeanors assault and theft and if convicted looking for a year in jail. incidentally, kane will be on the cover of a new video game. the sisters have a sport. the first celebrity sisters to own a stake in the miami dolphins, according to a person familiar with the deal. they will now join musicians gloria stefan and mark antony who also recently bought in. a plethora of stars.
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nasc nascar and the white house came together. president obama hosted jimmie johnson, whose car is there, tony stewart. later he asked if he could take out the three-time cup winner's car for a spin. that would be johnson. here he is introducing everybody. the secret service said, no, that's a no, you cannot take the car out for a spin. can you imagine those guys trying to run alongside. >> they said no to the president? >> they said no to the president. he's like, i want to take -- >> how can they do that. >> apparently if you can't run alongside a car doing 180. then you get a speeding ticket. oh, yeah. >> yeah, they're not a passenger car. >> apparently not. >> your chance to take advantage of a popular airline deal could be over. why jetblue could be changing its all you can fly program. if you like really wet kiss, you have to watch what a pet bull did to an anchor on live tv. >> this is ginger. )d)d)d)d)d)d)d
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it is election day in afghanistan. despite threats from the taliban, people are going to the polls. rocket attacks have been reported near voter lines in several areas and militant shot at police near one polling station. police shot back at two, killing two of the militants. more dealers are opting out of the cash for clunkers program. many are not getting paid for the money they basically fronted to the car buyers. the obama administration says all dealers will get their money and it could shut the program down soon. a former money manager was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for faking his own death. remember this dude? he crashed his plane in florida
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after he bailed out. authorities in indiana now plan to prosecute him on charges related to his failed business. those are interesting stories. look at you up so early. it's thursday, this close to the weekend. i'm robin meade. the polls are open one hour in afghanistan's presidential election. has the obama administration thrown support behind anyone. >> nothing vocally but most analysts expect incumbent president hamid karzai will win the election. he's been the most vocal calling for peace there and said he would invite the taliban to the table. he's been losing popularity because of taliban insurgents and corruption in his own administration. his most formidable ap situation is abdullah abdullah. he does not think they're ready to negotiate yet.
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>> does the winner make a difference in terms of u.s. strategy in afghanistan? >> that's the big question. probably not because the u.s.'s goal in afghanistan is to make sure al qaeda and other terrorist groups simply cannot operate there anymore. our sister correspondent said no matter who the president is, they'll still be dealing with the same obstacles. listen to this. >> i think the election will mean a great deal in terms of going forward either for afghanistan or for u.s. strategy, whether it's the return of hamid karzai or abdullah abdullah or anyone else, we will see a hodgepodge of warlords, car bankrupt officials and another government that cannot deliver services to its people. >> robin, 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon there in afghanistan, we want have to preliminary results. even after the polls close for another two to three weeks. >> a lot slower there than the united states. >> we're hearing a lot of speculation about health care reform.
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tuesday, democratic sources said they may try to ram health care through without any republican support. now, some observers are saying that might be a trick to bring the gop back to the table. the white house is still saying it wants bipartisan support. lots of people are concerned about the health care bill and there are a lot of pieces of misinformation. you can find out what's really going on, on our website, click on cnn doth k.com/robin. a texas prolice officer accused of kidnapping his girlfriend let her go in a standoff with police. they found him in a vacant house. he shot at police and dragged her upstairs. she's also a police officer. police said he let her go and then killed himself. >> it's an emotional roller coaster. we are happy on one side and unfortunately, it's a bad day on another side. >> officer rachel hillsman was
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not hurt in the standoff, she and the expected kidnapper had had a child together but had broken off their relationship earlier this year. >> americans are apparently living longer. a new report says life expectancy in the united states is at an all time high, nearly 78 years means a baby born in 2007 is expected to live that long. deaths are down and all the leading causes of death like cancer and heart disease. japan has the longest life expectancy at 83. is there new info on the air-traffic controller involved in a fatal air collision over the hudson river. the associated press says just before the crash, the controller was on the phone with a woman making jokes about barbecuing a dead cat. nine people died when a private plane and helicopter collided on august 8th. the controller is on administrative leave. the other grandma, bristol palin's baby will be going to prison.
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sharon johnston, levi's mom, pleaded guilty to drug charges and likely get three years behind bars. the prosecutors agreed to a shortened sentence since she was using oxycontin legally until her insurance stopped paying for it. levi and sarah palin's daughter called off their wedding after their son was born. hurricane bill, it's not exactly a concern for you today. it is a concern as we look at how huge it is. it's still very strong. >> it's a major storm, still a category 3 storm down from category 4 from yesterday. 125 miles an hour sustained winds. you get a glimpse how far away it is from the mainland, moving at 18 to 16 miles an hour. it is in northern puerto rico and bahamas, goes all the way up the eastern seaboard for the
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weekend. you will see effects of it and a rip current and basically to nantucket all the way to florida for the weekend. look at this, rain thunderstorms and big complex out of parts of missouri to oklahoma. and showers in oklahoma itself a nice line south of eden, moving over to the east the next six hours or show, posted watches out there. getting near fort smith, arkansas, getting in the line farther and so far, about to get expired and you see it all the way towards kentucky, more showers and thunderstorms racing towards indiana. a couple light pockets of rain in indianapolis, the main squaw expected to break up over tara hope and the east and more showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon. flash flood watches and warnings, mornings a bright shade of green as the cold front heads over there. as it moves to the east, watch for powerful thunderstorms. again, could see a couple tornados out there.
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it's rough weather. and humid. check this out. present shots of lightning coming from new york city. look at this, this is tuesday evening. how great is that? >> my goodness. the reporter from new york city took these pictures as the storm raced through manhattan. >> that's enough to make you go, i don't need to live in a high rise. >> you're well-grounded but awful loud when you get that close to lightning. more on that in a half hour. an airline special deal was so special it was too popular. why jetblue is going to cancel its unlimited flight pass earlier than scheduled.
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the space shuttle "discovery" is set to launch tuesda. there was concern about the external fuel tank but they said the foam was working properly. several pieces fell off during liftoff last month. we have video of a board game so big it took up a whole street. it turned into candyland. smart to. celebrate the game's 60th anniversary yesterday. its famous terms made it perfect. kids from a children's hospital teamed up to play. some rolled. watch yourself there. some slid, and some even tried a handstand all the way down. didn't work. >> careful now. you cannot buy jetblue's unlimited flight pass anymore. where you can belly up to the bar and buy all you want for one
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flat rate. we must have done enough story because it went like that. >> 600 bucks, you can go anywhere jetblue goes. pulled the plug early because it was so strong. buy the parks it was so popular, the airline had to make sure there was enough seats left. it worked not because it raised money because it generated a lot of buzz in twitter land. you can't believe -- there are crazy stories about people flying to puerto rico and portland and they never even left the airport. they just wanted to fly. >> are you kidding me? >> no. people were doing their work but wanted to fly all over, set up websites to track their travel. >> that's nuts. >> it was very buzz worthy. you know when you hear that sound, good news in a bad economy. you can save money if you buy dishwashers and refrigerators and washing machines that save
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energy. it's a kind of cash for clunkers for large appliances, furnaces, heaters, you might get a rebate up to $200. $300 million earmark ford the whole program, part of the stimulus package. here's the thing, i can't tell you exactly how you can do it because your state government is going to be deciding the rules, kind of around halloween, so they will be different depending upon where you live. we should know in a couple months. if you have an appliance at home ailing, you think, i have to get a new one, gives you a little hope. >> as we learned from cash for clunkers, you might want to act fast. a lot of people are isn't watching to see a tiny baby crawling on the floor. he has something to say. >> jackson! wassup? >> wassup. >> can you say that again?
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>> wasqp? >> wassup. >> jackson, wassup. >> cute. half a million people watched him say wassup. we dug it up for you on break.com. a georgia family's dream finally came true. 22 of them moved into a new home. it took a whole lot more people to get them there.
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the man responsible for the 1988 plane bombing over scotland is expected to be released from prison today. he had been serving a life sentence for the bombing but suffering from president obamas state cancer. 270 people were killed when it went down over scotland. the victims' families were divided whether the bomber should be released. 22 special needs kids have more room to spread out now. take a look at their new 72 foot square home. they moved in after suffering from a 45-year-old home with
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plumbing problems. >> i'm overjoyed. people say, when are you going to stop adopting? i say, when god stops sending them. >> when a deal with a tv show to build the house fell through. an atlanta based firm stepped in and raised money for the program. that is awesome that is one grateful family waking up in that new home. >> where do you have to travel today? do you have to travel somewhere? bob with the air travel. a decent start. showers and thunderstorms, that will change. let me take you live to atlanta. all the way towards new york city, beautiful skies in atlanta, 88 today, scattered showers developing and true for the big cities up north. here's what we're calling for delay-wise, new york city, metro and a delay this afternoon when thunderstorms move to the west. philadelphia, one hour more, thunderstorms rocking and rolling. more showers and thunderstorms
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coming when we get towards atlanta, an hour delay there. chicago, probably lengthy delays later today. full details and look at hurricane bill in a few minutes. >> bobby bobby bobby. >> you got it. the man who created the show "60 minutes" died at home. b bobby hewitt. he developed it 40 years ago as a way to have a tv version of life magazine. "60 minutes" won 73 emmys and nine peabody awards. and nba star's laptop has been stolen and now his lawyer is apparently worried about what's on there and that it's going to get out. good morning. i can't wait to hear. >> that just leaves you going what? what could be on these things? we'll call this a preemptive strike. the nba player, l.a. clippers star baron davis, according to a
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letter his lawyer sent to the smoking gun, his laptop was stolen. in that letter, they threaten legal action against the media in case anything gets leaked or thieves saying the laptop contains "photographs and videos depicting a variety of private images of davis and his colleagues and if published they'd be liable for substantial compensatory and punitive damages. i respect trying to protect your client. the first question is what are those videos and photographs of. >> didn't say if they were just hanging around eating lunch? >> didn't say anything like that. maybe creating a bigger demand than before. michael vick may be in the nfl but you can't buy his jersey according to one outlet. a spokesman said they will not carry the quarterback's new jersey until they evaluate the reactions of eagles fans. you can buy it online. and brett farve has been minnesota's own stimulus package
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since announcing he joined the team. the vikings have sold over 3,000 ticket packages and 11,000 single game tickets. this is a team that had trouble selling out playoff games last year and now their preseason game tomorrow night where farve is expected to start is practically sold out. that is amazing. david letterman had his take on his return. >> it will be pretty good deal for vikings, getting $12 million for minnesota. my god, talk about cash for clunkers. this is a cbs news special report. brett farve has unretired to sign with the vikings. >> that was not a cbs news report. that was letterman in "that's sports". >> feels like we have that report every other day. he's out, he's in. here's your express planner. nfl star plaxico burress will be arraigned in manhattan on felony weapons charges for accidentally shooting himself last year.
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he faces a minimum 3 1/2 years in prison if convicted. vice president joe biden and health secretary kathleen sebelius will talk health care reform in chicago and meet with health care professionals at 11:45 a.m. eastern this morning, i'm guessing. people in india are getting the keys to the cheapest car in the world. how i remember this. what does it mean for the u.s. auto industry. clark howard breaks down how the new car might help your wallet in the future. >> the nano car, the world's cheapest automobile is now in people's driveways in india. this car you can buy in india for $2500. that's right a full four-door car seats four people you like a fifth you don't, is now available and selling like crazy. you may wonder, why am i telling
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you about a car that's only available in india? big news, this car just passed the european union safety and crash test, a car somewhat similar to ours and europeans are already buzzing they're going to be able to buy a car, even with the modifications for european will end up being somewhere around $3500. what about us? i want you to know, for us, this is a clear trend that we are going to see, in the next few years, cars cheaper than you ever imagined, about the price of a motorcycle. i'm clark howard. for more ways to save, go to cnn do cn cnn.come/clarkhoward. >> clark will tell you how to save more and spend less and avoid getting ripped off. how? he'll tell you at noon on the weekends. the president tells you he needs help to get health care reform passed. he picked up the phone and called 140,000 people. new for you in about 20 minutes.
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good morning. bright and early, 7:00 eastern, good morning, sunshine. i'm robin meade. here we go. afghanistan's president is among the millions of people casting their ballots under the threat of bomb attacks and violence. why the stakes in today's election are so high for u.s. troops. >> i think it's fair to say things got very very ugly very very quickly. >> milwaukee's mayor is talking about a brutal attack that left him bruised. what touched it off and what happened to the guy who allegedly beat him. plus an all you can fly promotion is flying the coupe. the airline that offered it has a great reason for taking it off the shelf now.
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first, the cash for clunkers program seems to be a victim of its own success and may be ending again. the dealers are pulling out of the program and say they're not getting paid for the program they basically fronted to the customer. >> we're so frustration with the administration of the program, they can't continue to exist with that. this has been a program that's actually probably the best incentive stimulus fund the federal government can come up with generated tremendous amounts of floor traffic. the problem is in the details. the details of this program is an administration program that's too hard to sort of control. their dealers out hundreds of thousands of dollars, millions of dollars waiting for some indication to see if they will be paid for the cars they've already sold. >> transportation secretary ray lahood said the dealers will get paid for the dealers they're making but the national automobile dealers association is urging the government to shut down the program now. hood says the obama administration is developing
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plans to do that and could announce something by tomorrow. so you're going to want to act fast. happening today, people in afghanistan are ignoring threats offer violence and going to vote. the country's former finance minister, abdullah abdullah voted this morning, the top competitor to president hamid karzai. this is afghanistan's second ever national election. michael ware with our sister cnn spent a lot of time there and said the country is still in the learning stage. >> i think this election is going to happen no matter what. it might not be pretty, it will be disrupted in certain areas. would we consider it a complete clean legitimate election? >> not. there will be deep flaws within it. but it will be enough for the afghan people? i would think so. >> that was a rocket attack in afghanist afghanistan's hel mud province today. a report are the said there were nearly 20 rocket attacks, one landed near a line of voters and
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a child reportedly was killed. another attack was reported at a voting site in kabul. six u.s. troops have died in afghanistan this week, five of those were killed in combat. in about 10 minutes, our correspondent will explain how the election there could affect the mission in afghanistan. the major of milwaukee talking about being beaten over the weekend. police say a man attacked tom barrett it with a metal pipe after the mayor tried to help a woman involved in a domestic dispute over her granddaughter. the mayor says he simply reacted. >> i can't think of a situation like this where people would not have responded the way i did. when someone says call 911, you call 911, it's that straightforward. that's exactly what happened here. it was only at that point where the response was so bizarre that things took off in the wrong direction. >> barrett has a broken right hand and there's a large cut on his face. i think he lost his two teeth,
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his two front teeth. his security people weren't with him that night. he said he and his family went to the state fair in the spur-of-the-moment and the police arrested the man accused in the attack. hurricane bill continues to churn in the atlantic. look at this thing. its strength keeps changing. right now, downgraded slightly to hurricane 3, still major. a hurricane or tropical storm warning may be issued for bermuda, the only major island in the storm's path or near the storm's path. new this morning a poignant letter from senator ted kennedy, asking the massachusetts to change a law to appoint a temporary replacement. he wants the governor to temporarily appoint someone to the seat. current state law requires a special elections to be held. new details about the reality contestant, questioning in the death of a former
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swimsuit model. ryan jenkins and jasmine fiore had briefly been married. she was found in a suitcase in california. she may have been strangled. police say jenkins was with her friday night. he is from canada and that's where cops are focusing. >> our fear is he might possibly be en route to canada. we were able to ascertain his involvement with the help of the los angeles police department. mr. jenkins reported miss fiore miss i missing the evening that we discovered her body. he was the last person seen with her. >> jenkins was on two vh 1 reality shows, "megan wants a m millionaire" and "i love money 3." vh has stopped airing "megan wants a millionaire" and says our thoughts are with the victim's family. a boat flips onto the
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highway. police said the man stole the 32 footer and wouldn't stop and eventually started swerving back and forth and the boat tipped off the trailer and blocked traffic. no one was hurt and the man faces several charges. how is the boat? >> nice boat. at least it was. >> it was, right. it's 6 minutes past the hour. so hurricane bill changing every now and then? we just got a change in strength but still major. >> still major, anything over category 2 is a major storm. we're sitting at a category 3 storm. over the last three hours, closing down on the western cringe of this moving towards the west. had a little bit of sheer out there disrupting circulation a bit. notice the last couple of frames, thunderstorms coming back on. probably will strengthen this morning into this afternoon. i think it will get up to category 4 by day, tonight or tomorrow morning.
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look at the path. still good strength. aim for weak ness and won't hit the united states but could get close to cape cod monday or tuesday. if you live in nova scotia, towards newfoundland. you could get clipped by it on tuesday. be watching this the next couple of days. showers and thunderstorms strong in northern parts of arkansas. check out oklahoma, covering up the northern half of your state. thunderstorms rumbling through. south of enid, a complex there. and more showers for the day. goes ft. worth, a severe thunderstorm warning, more showers and storms moving towards lower parts of missouri and kentucky and thundershowers towards indiana and indianapolis light pockets of rain. it's falling apart but will be there the better part of the day. let me take you to washington d.c. the thunderstorm complex will be
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west today but hot, too. 93 degrees, 93-94, thunderstorms a possibility around the chesapeake today. you will get delays at the airport there. we'll talk about those in just about 10 minutes. >> okay. don't be afraid but your boss is being asked to help stop the spread of the swine flu. some of you are like, my boss? oh, no. president obama's administration says the employers should get ready for the h1n1.
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10 minutes until -- no, 10 minutes after the hour, in our salute to the troops, it's about fiance of second class jeremy staat says she loves him and can't wait to marry him. more in our salute. >> good morning. this is brenda. i want to send a military salute to my fiance.
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we are very pleased to have you at home, honey and we love you very much. we know you're soon going to leave us. we just want to tell you that we ch cherish every moment we have with you and we love you. >> brenda, thank you. if you have somebody in the service you want to salute them, go ahead. c cnn.com slash robin. meanwhile, voters in afghanistan are casting pal lots in their second election ever. u.s. forces are working with nato and afghan forces to provide security there. what does the election mean for the u.s. interests there and the troops? >> that this is concern. the u.s. has more than 60,000 troops at risk in afghanistan and somewhat more there. rising violence in u.s. deaths are close to surpassing all of 2008. the next afghan president will be president obama's key partner in trying to fight that plus dealing with terrorists and militant groups, like acc and
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the taliban. and the poppy industry. they export most of the u.s.'s opium. >> how will they determine if this election is a success. turnout will be one measure. >> right. exactly. a high turnout will show the taliban has not intimidated the 1500 voters registered there. so far, it is high in the north and low in the south where they attacked ckabul capitol. the government ordered media not to report on election violence because it could scare people away. and security forces have beaten some journalists who tried to take photos of the attacks and some say it's a loss of constitutional freedom to hold them back. >> the polls should be closing in the next hour or so. not like the united states you get election results right away. >> it's about 3:30 in the afternoon and you have to wait a couple of weeks. people at a post office ran
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for cover when a car went through it. the driver in 30 minutes, why she went through the front window. >> the administration is sending a strong message to employers, your boss, to get ready for a possible swine flu outbreak. that sounds scary. jennifer westhovin, what can your boss do to help stop the spread? >> what they really want your boss to do is make sure you don't get in trouble if you miss work. the white house is saying the swine flu is coming this fall. historically speaking, it will be big, get your act together. they're saying get your preparations together. one of the key things, if you don't want your whole staff to get sick, you have to let people stay home. sick policies should be flexible and non-punitive. you don't want them coming in sick, could be deadly for your co-workers. keep workers out of the office that are sick.
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maybe they can use staggered shifts, come in late in the day or keep contact coa minimum. historically, when the flu hits, it's small in the spring and big in the winter. what we've already seen might be a small part. here's what we've seen that could be good at the airport. take technology and add it to massive government money, it could mean shorter lines for us by next year. security lines at the airport. there's a lot of money, about a billion marked for new airport ge gear. kiplinger report shows they will have a lot more. it will eliminate long delays and there's one that detects liquid explosive and means you can carry on your liquids. and for ladies a lot of lotions and positions ypotions.
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>> and those machines that can see you naked. >> i don't know. i thought it was stick figure. >> keep your mind out of. >> it that's why they call it a stimulus bill. here's indianapolis. thunderstorms overhead. that stretches all the way down almost towards peduko, kentucky. the rest of the afternoon. new york city, philadelphia, one hour. atlanta, chicago. shorter delays, d.c., metro, charlotte, cleveland, detroit, charlotte, cleveland, mississippi. 30 minutes to one hour delays. yesterday was right at an hour. the same deal today. a south african track star blew away the competition in a woman's race. now authorities want to know in fact if she is a woman.
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investigators are back at the office of michael jackson's dermatologist yesterday. you can see reporters swarming the lead investigator from the l.a. coroner's office. they said more than a week ago their investigation was finished. they already searched dr. arnold klein's office on july 14th. investigators are looking to corroborate their info and klein
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wasn't questioned. >> dr. arnold klein wants to maintain his utter cooperation with any and all law enforcement authority with respect to the investigation into the cause of death of michael jackson. he has done so and will continue to do so. i am confident as his counsel at the end of the day, he will be fully exonerated of any and all innuendo or speculation that exists in the media. thank you very much. >> jackson visited klein's office three days before he died. klein has denied giving him any dangerous drugs. the coroner's office said it won't release its report on jackson's death until they wrap up the investigation. the government is reaching out to facebook groups. yesterday, a conference call was made to a religious leader streamed over the web, 140,000 people listened in. he asked them to knock on their neighbor's door. >> i know there's been a lot of misinformation in this debate there. are some folks out there who are frankly bearing false witness.
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i need you to spread the facts and speak the truth. >> we'll find out what's in the health care, reform proposal, how it would affect you and your family. the info at cnn do.com/robin. some things are so cute you can't get enough. a lot of people are going around to see a baby crawling around on the floor. a baby who has something to say. >> jackson, wassup. >> wassup! >> can you say that again. >> wassup! >> half a million people have watched him say that. we dug it up for you on break.co break.com. >> what are you letting that kid watch on tv, right? meal or female. yikes! that's the question being asked of a south african track champion. more on that. how'd you like to be the person to ask that. i'm sorry, we're going have to test to see whether you're a woman.
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>> yeah there. are lots of people asking -- i didn't realize how extensive this test actually was. officials say it is a medical issue, not an issue of cheating, but if this person racing is a man and not a woman, isn't that cheating? south african sprinter caster semen semenia won and officials revealed she was undergoing a gender test. and her times and muscular build and deep voice led to speculation and tests take a few weeks including gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, internal medicine and gender specialist. >> a hockey player accused of beating up a cab driver was indicted.rick kane and his brotf convicted are looking at a year on jail. by the way, patrick will be on
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the 2010 video game. i hope they pay him. football. the tennis stars, williams sisters are the late toast buy into it. they would join musicians gloria stefan and marc anthony, who also recently bought in. lastly, the white house came together with nascar in one special moment. who park that car there. >> it does look out of place, doesn't it. >> not a bit. >> jimmie johnson,dale jr., tony stewart, the president called the sport uniquely american. he later joked if he could take out three time cup winner jimmie johnson's car for a spin and the secret service told him, no, you can't. >> really? they told the president no? >> they can't fit in the car with him. >> i didn't know you could tell the president no. a georgia family's dream
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it is elections day in afghanistan. despite threats from the taliban, people are going to the polls to vote. rocket attacks in several areas and they shot at one polling station and police shot back at two militants. if you want to do cash for clunkers, you better act fast, more car dealers want to opt out. a "washington post" story says many are not getting paid for the money they basically fronted to car buyers. the obama administration says all dealers will get their money and it could shut the program down soon. a former money manager was sentenced to four years in federal prison for faking his own death.
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remember this story? he crashed his plane after he bailed out and they plan to prosecute him on charges related to his failed business. 30 minutes after the hour. good morning. if you're just wiping the sleep out of your eyes, i completely understand, don't fall back asleep. i'm robin meade. here's what's going on. the polls are expected to close in 30 minutes in afghanistan. they had more than 30 candidates to choose from. has the obama administration said who it would like to win here? >> robin, not publicly, but most analysts expect incumbent hamid karzai to win. he's been the most vocal calling for peace. he will invite the taliban to the table. he's been losing popularity because of taliban resurgence in his administration. his biggest opposition is abdullah abdullah a former prime minister and said he would work toward reconciliation with the
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taliban as well but does not think they're ready to negotiate. >> will the winner make a big difference to u.s. strategy in afghanistan? we have so many troops there. >> that's the question. probably not. the main goal in afghanistan is to make sure al qaeda and other terrorist groups cannot operate there. one international correspondent from our sister network, cnn said no matter who the president is, u.s. troops will still be dealing with the same obstacles to secure this country. >> i think this will mean a great deal in terms of going forward, either for afghanistan or for u.s. strategy because whether it's a return of hamid karzai or whether it's abdullah abdullah or anyone else, we will see a hodgepodge of warlords, corrupt officials and another government that cannot deliver services to its people. >> we have to wait at least two weeks to get preliminary results despite the polls closing within the last couple of minutes. >> hard to manual because in the united states we get it right
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away. nearly anyway. the air traffic controller involved in a fatal mid-air collision over the hudson river was on the phone making jokes just before the crash. the associated press got a mid-air transcript. he was joking with a woman about barbecuing a dead cat. nine people died when a private plane and helicopter collided august 8th. the controller is now on administrative leave. a texas police officer accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend let her go after a standoff with police. this is the latest in a story we first brought you yesterday. police found julio reyes and a woman in a vacant house. he shot at police and dragged her upstairs. she's also a police officer. police said he let her go and then killed himself. >> it's an emotional roller coaster. we are happy on one side and unfortunately, it's a bad day on another side. >> officer rachel hillsman was
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not hurt in the standoff, she and the suspected kidnapper had a child together but had broken off their relationship earlier this year. the space shuttle "discovery" is on track to launch tuesday. they will take equipment and supplies to the international space station there. was some concern about the safety of the external fuel tank but they say the insulated foam is working properly. several pieces of foam fell off the "endeavour"'s tank during liftoff last month. one town got a sweet makeover. the winding road was covered with a colorful map to celebrate the 60th anniversary of candyland. the kids celebrated it supersized. kids from a local children's hospital won the game. everybody got a piece of cake. watch it now! it looks just like the candy land. >> it does. >> as a matter of fact, i played four games of candyland just
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yesterday. >> did knew. >> before that, it was chutes and ladders. >> kids the age of you and your kids -- >> just me and my wife. >> i love it. >> this weather brought to you by zyrtec. this is what's going on with hurricane bill. this is what it looks like over the atlantic ocean, still a ways away. we will see it skirt up close to the united states and bend back down. this is what it looks like right now. category 3 storm with 20 miles an hour winds. this is what it looked like tuesday as it was still gathering strength, about a category 2 here, noontime tuesday, category 2 with 100 miles an hour sustained winds. look at that beautiful storm. affecting nobody. we will get the effects this weekend starting in florida and working its way to nantucket and maine by monday and tuesday.
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be watching that. big line of thundershowers over parts offer the chicago area and to the south stretches over to oklahoma city. big thunderstorm complex north of kc now. winds of 60 miles an hour, large hail possibility. the thunderstorms go all the way to fort smith, arkansas, another thunderstorm warning. the watchbox is about to get expired. showers and thunderstorms rolling in towards western kentucky and more towards terre hau haute, watch out here and this afternoon, thunderstorms will refire and around that cold front. give it some time. thunderstorms generate by this afternoon and tornados a possibility unfortunately. starting late this afternoon through the evening hours. here's the i-report. check this out. tuesday as well. impressive pictures of lightning in new york city. our reporter took these pictures tuesday evening as the storm torched through nyc.
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that's manhattan. look how close to the lightning, get inside. that is a beautiful shot. it does get loud in the canyon. echoing off. >> i can imagine. makes you go, i really don't want to live in a high rise. a man convicted of killing 270 people is expected to be released from jail today. >> that's what bothers me hon this compassion and release process. where's the compassion and release for my brother or the family offers these victims. >> why the man responsible for bombing of the panam flight 103 is going free.
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ooh, seattle, look at you this morning. good morning to all our folks who are, i'm going to say, up late. haven't gone to bed yet. thinking about you. the man responsible for the 1988 plane bombing over lockerbie, scotland is expected to be released from prison today. he had been serving a life sentence for the bombing but suffering from terminal prostate cancer. some of the victims are angry about the bomber's being released. >> it's a bitter ending to a 23 year odyssey, this man being released on compassionate grounds, ludicrous of itself. convicted of murdering 270 peop people. it's insane, travesty of justice a . >> 270 people were killed on panam flight 103 when it went down in scotland.
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a car crashed into a post office, her son was waiting when it happened. >> her car was in drive, foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas. >> people were inside and coming out. i don't know how anyone kept from getting hurt. >> one man was knocked down but is okay. the woman will not be cited. we told you about a model finding out the identity of her online heckler. new in 30 minutes. she got the info and confronted the woman. hear what the model says about their conversation. you cannot buy jetblue's pass anymore. this where is you can belly up to the bar, buy one pass and fly all you want for free. hear what some were doing with that flight pass. >> they were just flying all over just to fly.
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weren't even getting out of the airport in some cases, spending a whole weekend flying to portland, puerto rico, new york, never got out of the airport. >> cracks me up. what's the point of that? >> the jetblue $600 all you can jet pass supposed to last through tomorrow night. they pulled the plug early because it was so popular. the idea, fly all over for a month. the airline said they had to make sure there were enough seats left because so many people were flying them and raised money for jetblue not because it raised money during slow travel time but generated a lot of buzz in twitter land. >> in a few months, if your dishwasher or refrigerator is on the blink, you might be able to buy a new one as long as they save energy. it's kind of cash for clunker for large appliances. furnaces and heaters might be affected. you might be able to get rebates of $200. the program is $300 million, all part of the terrorism package but your state government is
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going to decide the rules. i can't tell you real simply, wrap it up go, to this site, do this and you'll get it because all your states will be choosing different rules depending where you live. we should know more around halloween. robin, back to you. sometimes the states don't make it easy. i hope they do a good job. >> i hope so, too. might want to jump now if you look at cash for clunkers f. >> americans are apparently living longer. a new report says life expectancy in the united states is at an all time high, nearly 78 years means a baby born in 2007 is expected to live that long. the report says that death rates are down and almost all the leading causes of death like cancer and heart disease. japan has the longest life expectancy at almost 83 years. it seats four people, four doors and teeny tiny. how this little car could help you save big money in the future.
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the man who created the news magazine show, "60 minutes" has
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passed away. don hewitt passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. he created "60 minutes" more than 40 years ago as a way to have a tv version of life magazine. cnn's president used to work with him. >> don hewitt didn't need a boss. what he needed was somebody to bounce ideas off him, 30 years on the job. here i was 27 years old, overseeing a legend like don hue with he took me to lunch, said, listen kid, it's very simple. i have ten ideas a day, nine of them are terrible. your job is to tell me which one is great. >> under hewitt's direction, "60 minutes" won 73 emmys. an nba star's laptop has been stolen and his lawyer seems to be going bonkers worried there's something on there that is going to get out. rafer, what's on there? >> when you read this letter,
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robin, you go, hmm. >> you want to get your hands on it. >> we're talking about l.a. clipper star baron davis. according to his lawyer, they sent this letter to the smoking gun. in that letter, they said, yes, the laptop was stolen. it threatened legal action to anyone who publishes anything on that computer saying quote it contains computers and private images of davis and his associates and colleagues. hmm? they would be liable for substantial compensatory and punitive damages if they do publish it. to be fair, baron davis does own a production company. there could be an independent film on there. >> oh, yeah. >> i'm just saying. there will be no michael vi vick's jerseys. you can't get his jersey at the sporting goods store. they say they will not carry it until they evaluate the reaction of the fans.
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you can get it on nfl.com. and brett farve has become minnesota's stimulus package himself. since he joined the team, the vikings have sold over 3,000 ticket packages and 11,000 single season game tickets in 24 hours. that is amazing considering the vikings had trouble selling out playoff games in the past. they're hyping up the land of 10,000 lakes. david letterman had his own take on farve's return. >> will be a pretty good deal. vikings, $12 million for minnesota. my god, talk about cash for clunkers. this is a cbs news special report. brett farve has unretired to sign with the harlem globetrotters. >> maybe that could be his next gig. playing with the harlem globetrotters, although those guys are very good at the harlem globetrotters. >> what about the harlem globetrotters? >> they're great. i've never seen brett farve bounce one of those balls on the
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thing -- i'm going away. >> bye. people in india are getting the does the tato nano, the cheapest car in the world. disaster what does it mean for the u.s. auto industry. clark howard breaks down how the new car might help your wallet in the future. >> the nano car, the world's cheapest automobile is now in people's driveways in india. this car you can buy in india for $2500. that's right a full four-door car seats four people you like a fifth you don't, is now available and selling like crazy. you may wonder, why am i telling you about a car that's only available in india? big news, this car just passed the european union safety and crash test, a car somewhat similar to ours and europeans are already buzzing they're going to be able to buy a car, even with the modifications for
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european will end up being somewhere around $3500. what about us? i want you to know, for us, thi few years cars cheaper than you ever imagined, about the price of a motorcycle. i'm clark howard. for more ways to save, go to cnn.com/clark howard. so clark will teach to you save more, spend less, and avoid getting ripped off. catch him at noon eastern on saturday and sunday, right here on hln. okay. >> what was the name of that car again? >> you say it. the nano. the brand, however, is tata. i'm just saying. >> i know. >> i made you giggle. we're so immature. >> i know. showers and thunderstorms on way towards new york. that's what it looks like now. humidity in place, thunderstorms will be out there. no delay in new york city right now. but south of there, philadelphia
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is in a ground stop delay. 30, chicago air until 8:00 this morning. here is what we have for the rest of the day. new york city metro, your delays, probably an hour or more. philadelphia, hour or more delays also and farther down to the south, delays around atlanta with more thunderstorms in the afternoon, and chicago, you have a ground stop and more delays later today, could be lengthy, maybe over an hour or more. more in a half hour. the other grandma of bristol palin's babe baby will go to jail soon. she pleaded guilty yesterday to drug charges. she will likely get three years behind bars. prosecutors agreed to the shortened sentence since she was using oxycontin legally until insurance stopped paying for it. levi and sarah palin's daughter called off their wedding after their son was born. reality tv star ryan jenkins used to be married to a swimsuit model who was found dead in a
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suitcase over the weekend. they say that jenkins was the last man to see her alive. and that's not the only new detail that we have this morning. dddddddddddp
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all right. morning, sunshine! come here and sit in the room a little bit while you have your coffee. we'll get you informed, and get you ready for your day. i'm robin meade. ooh, the car dealers may be hitting the brakes on the cash for clunkers program. why some places are pulling out of the government program? afghanistan's president is among the millions of people who cast their ballots under the threat of bomb attacks and violence. why the stakes in today's election are so high for u.s. troops there. college is the place for the best and the brightest. find out which major universities tied for first as best school in the land. >> first, though, okay, cash for clunkers program, very popular, but it may be running out of time again. of the "washington post" says
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that dozens of car dealers are pulling out of the program. they say they're not getting paid by the government for the money that they basically funded to the customer. >> this is supposedly 400,000 vehicle transaction that happened, and only 2% of them have been approved for reimbu e reimburseme reimbursement. that's a very poor track record at this point. >> they are not going to ask for more money for this program at the white house, so the $3 billion that's on the table is sort of all that's left. and when that runs out, it's not likely there is going to be anymore money coming behind it. so these dealers are opting out, might not be opting out of much more of the cash for clunkers program. >> transportation secretary ray lahood said the dealers will get paid for the deals they're making. but the national automobile dealers' association is urging the government to shut down the program now. lahood says the obama administration is developing plans to do that, and could announce something by tomorrow. so heads up. i guess you've got to move fast if you want to get in on that, perhaps. new this morning, a poignant letter from senator ted kennedy,
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asking massachusetts leaders to change a law to allow a speedy replacement of him in congress. it comes amid growing concerns about his battle with brain cancer. kennedy wants the governor to be able to temporarily appoint someone to the seat. >> current state law requires a special election be held. we just learned that people in afghanistan are getting some extra time to vote in today's country -- in the country's presidential election today. that's according to the country's election commission. the country's former finance minister, abdullah abdullah voted this morning. he is the top competitor to karz karzai. much this afghanistan's second ever election. this is reporter ivan watson, and says it's crucial for the elections to be fair. >> it's important to see whether or not these elections will be credible. and if the taliban succeeds in convincing afghans and scaring them from voting, particularly
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in the ethnic post human populous areas, it will undermine the very credibility of the next government here in afghanistan, and really strike a blow to this eight-year effort to try to build a stable afghanistan. nch>> that was a rocket attack afghanistan's helmen province. a reporter said there were nearly 20 attacks. a child reportedly was killed. another attack was reported at a voting site in kabul. six u.s. troops died in afghanistan this week, and five of those were killed in combat. in about ten minutes, correspondent richard lui explains how the election results could effect the u.s. mission in afghanistan. hurricane bill continues to turn away in the atlantic ocean. and its strength keeps changing this morning. now it's downgraded slightly to a category 3. the national hurricane center says a hurricane or tropical
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storm warning may be issued for bermuda. new details about the reality tv contestant wanted for questioning in the death of a former swimsuit model. police now say that ryan jenkins and jasmine fiori had been married briefly. she had been strangled. police say jenkins was with her friday night. he is from canada, and that's where the cops are focusing. >> our fear is that he might possibly be en route to canada. we were able to ascertain his involvement with the help of the los angeles police department. mr. jenkins reported miss fiori missing the evening that we discovered her body. he was the last person seen with her. >> well, jenkins was on two v h1 reality shows, megan wants a millionaire, and i love money
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three. v h1 has stopped megan wants a millionaire and says our thoughts go out to the victim's family. . hurricane bill still has a well-formed eye. let me show you right now with meteorologist bob van dill en. that's a live satellite we have going up, right? >> yeah, it's just every half hour, we get a new image. pretty active right now. let me show you the satellite picture itself. when you start seeing the purple shading, those are the highest clouds, biggest thunderstorms, and naturally, it's right around the eyewall. notice over the last couple hours, the circulation looks a little better on the western side, so i think it's going some strengthening right now. last night t did get bussed down on the western side because of sheer, and dropped to a category 3 storm. do anticipate this thing to continue to grow in strength and let me show you the path. i think this is great news. for anybody that lives on the eastern seaboard, you're not going to get a full lick of the winds. so great news here. but you see the path it splits the uprights between bermuda and cape hatteras, but by this
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weekend, a major storm off the jersey shore. so you're going to get some rip currents from nantucket all the way to florida. that starts late tonight through friday into saturday. yeah, it's going to be a major storm, and it could strike nova scotia or newfoundland sometime next week, and could be a hurricane when it does that. so fingers crossed. could be in parts of canada, too. the main land active this morning, cold front out of chicago spreads toward western parts of tennessee, and toward oklahoma city. look at all of the heavy rain right here. the red indication of the heaviest downpour action and you see it's right around oklahoma, toward oklahoma city itself. a couple thunderstorm warnings, arkansas, you see by fort smith, those are the orange watch boxes and you see right there, the yellow box goes toward places like kentucky and ends off and showers and thunderstorms toward indianapolis on the light side now, and this will pick up later today. of we have all of the outflows running around from those thunderstorms. the outflows hit each other and
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build into more thunderstorms. severe thunderstorms possible in all of the areas they put in red for the morning. and later this afternoon, the cold front comes swinging down. that is going to act just like a kicker to get more thunderstorm action started this afternoon. so be watching for this. showers already around the ohio valley, not much out there, but they are beginning to blossom by the mountains of west virginia. that will pop up into more thunderstorms later today, and the rain stretches all the way back into minnesota. speaking of minnesota, minneapolis had some rough weather yesterday afternoon. let me show you what it looked like with severe damage from a possible tornado around minneapolis itself. this is northern suburb. a bunch of trees knocked down, right into houses, as well. 18 reports of tornadoes yesterday afternoon from minnesota to iowa, wisconsin and central illinois. could see more tornadoes today from indiana all the way down in towards north texas. we'll talk about that coming up, robin, in had just a little bit. shoes in the trees there. unbelievable. >> unbelievable sight, exactly. >> there you go. >> thanks.
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>> let's salute our troops. five months to the wedding, the fiance of corps man germany stack wants him to know how much she loves him, can't wait to marry him. so here is brenda with her salute. >> good morning, robin, this is brenda, and i want to send a military salute to my fiance, stock, and love you very much. we know you're soon going to leave us, and we just want to tell you that we cherish every moment we have with you. much and we love you. >> so sweet. thank you. if you have somebody in the service you want to salute them, let us help you. cnn.com/robin. the coroner investigating the death of michael jackson said that he was done with his work. so why were his investigators back at the office of a beverly hills dermatologist?
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an idaho grand jury indicted the boyfriend of a woman whose missing son was found dead in an irrigation canal. you may remember, thousands of people searched for 8-year-old robert manuel. the indictment alleges that the boyfriend tortured and beat him repeatedly. his mom is accused of hiding his injuries before his death. this is a big topic on hln's "prime news" with mike galanos. >> where is child protective services? somebody had to see something. we talk about protecting and looking out for our neighbors and family. of where are the neighbors here? did they not complain and know what was going on? what about the neighbors? i don't care what community you live in. somebody knows what's going on. and to let somebody be hurting and harming kids in that way and you don't say anything about it is just absolutely wrong. somebody has to stand up and say, no, we've got to put a stop to this.
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>> yeah, makes me ill that little boy went through that. we have not heard from the mom or the boyfriend. but you can get the latest on any developments on "prime news" with mike galanos. it starts at 5:00 p.m. eastern right here on hln. investigators were back at the office of michael jackson's dermatologist yesterday. you can see reporters swarming the lead investigator from the la coroner's office. he this happened more than a week ago the investigation was finished. they already searched doctor arnold kline's office on the 14th. his attorney says investigators were looking to corroborate info, and kline wasn't questioned. >> doctor arnold kline wants to maintain his utter cooperation with any and all law enforcement authority with respect to the investigation into the cause of death of michael jackson. he has done so. he will continue to do so. and i am confident as his counsel that at the end of the day, he will be fully exonerated of any and all innuendo or
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speculation that exists out there in the media. thank you very much. >> jackson visited kline's office three days before he died. kline has denied giving him any dangerous drugs. the coroner's office has said that it won't release its report on jackson's death until police wrap-up their investigation. "forbes" magazine just released its of power women. let's go to our money expert, jennifer westhoven, about who tops the list this year. what's a power woman? somebody who runs a big company or gets a lot done? >> companies or countries is what they were looking at. so number one was angela mer ankle merkel. number two from the united states, sheila bair. maybe you don't know her, but she has been part of the team overseeing the financial crisis, the government team. she runs the fdic. she has gotten high marks for being one of the few in high circles wanting to move aggressively against the foreclosure crisis to try and modify loans. by the way, she says her biggest
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challenge after facing down the financial system, basically work-life balance. she has two kids. secretary of state hillary rodham clinton, number 36. and oprah winfrey was more powerful than the queen, number 41. queen elizabeth, number 42. >> the white house is saying to business, this fall, we know the swine flu is likely coming. so make sure that you've got preparations in place. the white house wants businesses basically to be nicer to you if you have to call in sick, because you've got this flu. they want sick policies to be flexible and nonpunitive, and they're reminding companies that, you know, if you've got sick workers coming in, the rest of your workers are going to get sick. so it's bad for the company, could be deadly for your co-workers. so things that a company can to, number one, of course, let you stay home if you're sick. keep the employees out of the office, try tele commuting or staggered shifts. and also saying, please don't make people run around and get doctors' notes if we've got a whole health system trying to
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deal with the flu epidemic. and historically speaking, when a new flu comes, what happens in the spring is small. compared to what happens in the fall and winter. of so there is a lot of forecast, robin, that we should all be prepared. >> definitely. thank you. so talk to the boss about it if you're feeling sick. a person being heckeled online, she now mows who was doing that to her, and she got to confront the blogger who wrote some nasty things about her.
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voters in afghanistan cast ballots today in their second presidential election ever. u.s. troops are working with afghan and nato forces to provide security. correspondent richard lui, hello to you. what does this election mean for u.s. interests there? we have so many troops there. >> and robin that, is first point to make. the u.s. now has more than 60,000 troops at risk in afghanistan. and somewhat more. violence is rising as well, meanwhile. u.s. deaths to date this year already on par with all of
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2008's. the next afghan president will be president obama's key partner in fighting that to keep numbers low. plus, dealing with terrorist and militant groups like the taliban and al qaeda is an issue, and the afghan poppy industry. they export more than 90% of the world's open yum, robin. much of the proceeds ending up going back to the taliban. >> so how will the obama administration determine, hey, this election is also a success in terms of our relationship here? >> yeah. you know, a turnout would be an issue. high turnout would show that the taliban has not intimidated the some 15 million registered voters in the country. but we're hearing turnout is mixed right now. high in the north, but low in the south, and the capital where the taliban has been attacking recently. the afghan government ordered media, meanwhile, not to report on election day violence, because it could scare away voters. the "associated press" saying security forces beat some journalist who is tried to take photos of attacks yesterday. and reporters saying it was a
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violation of their constitutional rights, and media freedom. rob? >> all right. so we will watch here. the beginning of a little bit extra time today. to get the voting done. so thank you so much, appreciate it. a model who was a target of an online heckler has confronted the woman who was blogging about her. the model sued to get the blogger's real name, and it turns out it was an acquaintance of hers! well, the blogger posted pictures of the model, along with disparaging remarks. of the model and the blogger spoke on the phone recently. >> i won't stoop to her level. i could. i've got stories, i've got this, i've got that. i'm a grown woman. i choose to act like one. >> the model says she forgives the blogger, but hasn't ruled out suing her. the blogger's lawyer had argued that the woman's comments were opinions, and protected as free speech. we're getting reports of a secret cia program that was meant to kill top-level members of al qaeda.
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of the government officials say that federal agents weren't the ones used for the job. interesting. that's new for you in about 15 minutes. how uncomfortable. how would you like to be the person to have to ask an athlete are you a woman or a man? because that is what is being asked of a south african track champion. >> good morning, robin. how would you like to be the person asking that question? >> good point. uncomfortable all around. >> and the sprinter, her name is castter semania from south africa. right after she dominated the world championships, officials said she is undergoing a genter test right now. her dramatic movement in times, muscular build and deep voice led to speculation. the test takes weeks and involves a whole team of doctors, including a psychologist. the hockey player accused of beating up a cab driver over 20 cents was indicted.
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bla blackhawk star patrick kane were both charged with misdemeanor and theft. they have pleaded not guilty. if convicted, up to a year in jail. kane will be the cover boy of the upcoming 2010 video game. and the williams sisters are joining gloria he is testify enand mark anthony of part owners of the miami dolphins. now, that is the miami sound machine. a source told the a.p. it's a done deal. they have already named land shark after jimmy buffett's beer. and someone parked a stock car on the white house lawn! >> looks out of place. >> it does. that is jimmy johnson's number 48 car, and supposed to be there, because president barack obama hosted him and eight other nascar greats to celebrate the uniquely american quality. and later, the president joked about taking the three-time cup winner's car out for a spin.
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the secret service said no. but said it was probably just joking. can you imagine the second he let service running along the car? milwaukee's mayor speaking out about being attacked by a man with a metal pipe. )$)$)$)$)$
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it's election day in afghanistan, despite threats from the taliban, people are going to the polls. and they're going to get extra time to vote. the election commission extended the voting deadline. of meanwhile, rocket attacks have been reported near voter lines in several areas, and police killed two militants near one polling station. if you want to cash in on the cash for clunkers, you better hurry. more car dealers are opting out. "the washington post" says many are not getting paid for the money they basically fronted to the car customers. the obama administration says that all dealers will get their money, and that it could shut the program down soon. an army helicopter crashed into colorado's second highest mountain. authorities say that two people died, one is injured, and
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another is still missing. the faa says that the blackhawk was doing training exercises out of fort campbell yesterday. army officials are not saying who was on board or how it happened. those are some of the headlines. 31 minutes past the hour. thursday. so that's connected to friday. so hope that makes you feel better. i'm robin meade. you know, the president is reaching out to faith-based groups to muster support for health care reform. yesterday he made a call to religious leaders that was streamed over the web, and 140,000 people listened in it. he asked them to knock on their neighbors' doors. >> i know there has been a lot of misinformation in this debate, and there are some folks out there who are frankly bearing false witness. i need you to spread the facts and speak the truth. >> well, find out what is in the health care reform, and how it could effect you and your family. t the info is at cnn.com/robin. the voting hours have been extended an extra hour today in afghanistan's presidential election.
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the polls are shutting down now. people there had more than 30 presidential candidates to choose from. wow! correspondent richard lui. has the obama administration thrown support behind anyone? i know karzai, the president's current leader is running. >> that's correct, robin. and that large ballot you're talking about. not publicly as of yet, but most expect incumbent president karzai will win in the end. he has been the most vocal in calling for peace negotiations, even saying he will invite the taliban to the table. he has been losing popularity recently, though, because of a taliban resurgence and corruption in his own administration. karzai's biggest competition is abdullah abdullah a former foreign minister. he says he would work toward reconciliation, as well, with the taliban, but he doesn't, robin, think they are ready to negotiate yet. >> so would a winner make a big difference in terms of the u.s. strategy in afghanistan? >> probably not, robin. the main u.s. goal in afghanistan now is to simply make sure that al qaeda and
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other terrorist groups cannot operate there. one international correspondent said no matter who the president is in afghanistan, u.s. troops will still be dealing with the same obstacles to secure that country. >> i think this election's main ideal in terms of going forward are for afghanistan or u.s. strategy. because whether it's a return of karzai or ab bull la or abdullah or anyone else, we're going to see war lords, corrupt officials and another government that cannot deliver services to its people. >> robin, as you were saying, they got an extra hour to vote. they should have closed just now, 5:00 p.m. local time now. we have to wait at least two weeks to get the preliminary results there. >> a little different than here. two weeks. thank you. the man responsible for the 1988 plane bombing over lockerbie, scotland is going to be released from prison today. just in the last half hour, the scottish justice secretary says the bomber will return to libya. he has been serving a life
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sentence for the bombing, but is suffering with terminal prostate cancer. 270 people were killed on pan am flight 103 when it went down in lockerbie. some of the victims' families are very angry about the bomber getting released. you know, that heart-healthy breakfast that you're eating may actually be dressed up junk food? a pricewaterhousecoopers research firm study says that food seen as having extra nutrients may not be as healthy as you think. it sites products like really sugar y cereals with extra fibe, or with vitamins. so people say, hey, it's good for me. let's eat it. and they eat a lot, too much. >> have you seen the candy bars that are like energy bars, too. >> really, they're laced with sugar, but they're so bad for you? i don't get it. >> it is good marketing. but you know what you're eating. >> you know what you're doing. good morning. let me start with hurricane bill, a category 3 storm. to me on the satellite picture,
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it's looking a little better. little better circulation, and before that getting buzzed down a bit. yesterday at this time, the category 4 storm had 135 miles an hour winds. of and right now 125 miles an hour winds. so down just a touch, but expected to get back up there later today. maybe category 4 by this afternoon or tonight as the sheer begins to disappear a bit. rain showers and thunderstorms moving out of chicago stretch all the way outs of memphis and toward oklahoma city now. big thunderstorms there, on into areas just outside of memphis. let me take you live to that town. here's what it looks like in had western tennessee. man, you are just getting slammed here in about a half hour. look at those clouds. that is the last ten minutes time lapse right here. >> oh, wow. >> look at this. >> eww. >> a little time lapse. those are moisture-laden clouds, robin. talking about heavy rain. you can see the last ten minutes as it goes by. showers toward the west of
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memphis comes through, and once goes by, more thunderstorms erupt later this afternoon. that's what it looked like ten minutes ago until now. look at the rain in western kentucky stretching toward indiana. eindianapoli indianapolis, drying out temporarily. a little daytime heating today, if you see any at all, really going to make things go down hill, unstable. big thunderstorms possible. we could see as much as golf ball-size hail again in some of the thunderstorms today. showers and thunderstorms in pennsylvania and lights out, heavier rain toward western wisconsin coming out of iowa. more, robin, in a half hour. so memphis about to get slammed. >> it sure looks like it. >> pretty rough. >> thanks. this just in, minutes ago u the labor department released a new jobs report. the jobless claims rose slightly in the last week. darn it, jennifer! >> yeah. thank you, robin. more people signed up for unemployment for the first time in the latest week's 576,000 people. so if i could use weather pictures, you know, might use
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that overcast memphis sky. not that there is a storm coming, but it is still very tough out there. now, it wasn't a big jump, by any means, but expecting a little drop here. they were thinking things were going to get sunny, that fewer people would be lining up for benefits. instead, they got this number. there are now about six and a quarter million people claiming unemployment benefits. and before the stock market were looking for bigger numbers and the party at the opening bell. it looks likes we're going to open flat on the day. the numbers come from the labor department. the one thing that might help us out a little bit, robin, there is the big once a year meeting of the federal reserve taking place in jackson hole, wyoming today, so possibly they'll say something that could influence the markets. but at this point, all the water came out. >> six and a quarter million people do not have jobs. >> yeah. >> wow. a georgia family's dream has finally come true. all 24 moved into their new home. i said 24. of you know it took a whole lot more people to get them there
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okay. good morning. much you don't need to get the paper, because i've got them here for you. the "new york times" says that yesterday's decision by swiss banking giant ubs could be the end of the famed swiss bank account. now, ubs will give the irs the names of 4,000400 americans suspected of tax cheating with off shore accounts. and in the "washington post," college students are getting financial aid and pushinging for more help because of the tough economy. they're using the little-known option of appealing financial aid decisions. did you know you could do that? a couple with 22 special needs children has more room to
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spread out now. take a look at their new 7,100 square foot home. they moved in yesterday, and it ends years of struggles with a crumbling old home and plumbing problems. >> my heart is filled with joy. i'm overwhelmed. i can't believe it. people say to me, when are you going to stop adopting, and i say, well, when god stops sending them. >> an idea with a tv show to build a house fell through, and an atlanta group stepped in and helped to raise 600,000 bucks for the project. you cannot buy jetblue's unlimited flight pass anymore. remember, this is the deal where you belly up to the bar and fly all you wanted for a month for one flat rate. you paid one time. our money expert jennifer westhoven. she has great stories about what people were doing. >> i know! they were flying all over the place. for no purpose. they just wanted to fly. they weren't even getting out of the airport. what is the point of going to
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beautiful puerto rico if you don't get out of the airport? all right, fine. so jetblue had the $600 deal all you can jet, was supposed to last through tomorrow night, but they pulled the plug early because sales were so strong. the idea was, buy the pass, fly all over, but they sold so so many, they had to make sure there were enough seats left. analysts say it worked because it raised some money and generated a lot of buzz in twitter land, and people were setting up websites with places they were going, people having meetings, saying we're going to find the best places to jet together. and, you know, again, they were going to puerto rico and then new york and then portland and then new york, and then somewhere else, and weren't even getting out of the airport. >> this is crazy. >> they just wanted to fly. >> people are funny. >> now, if you do fly a lot, no doubt, one of the things that drives you crazy about flying is the part where you stabbed in line and think your flight is going to leave, and the person in front of you -- so add new technology to massive government
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money. it could mean shorter security lines at the airport, maybe even by the end of next year. the stimulus act includes a billion dollars for new airport gear. hi-tech gear. kiplingers finance says they're going to show more meaning, and the agents will look through your bag, your make up, blah, blah, blah, to see what is in there. that is reason for security delays. and plus they're looking for gear that will be able to detect liquid and gel explosives a lot better, which maybe means, i'm crossing my fingers, we're going to be able to carry on our lotions and possessions, and you know, ladies, we have a lot of stuff that we want to bring our liquids on. >> it always happens to be the brand-new hairspray or, you know, sometimes it's kind of like you're not sure. like, is this liquid enough, is this moisturizer liquid enough or is it more cream? can i pass? >> i always see that box full of poor things that are just -- >> what about you? what have you had to discard? >> well, i've looked in and i've
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seen big things of jack daniels, and it's heart-breaking. they're just going to be thrown out. >> wait, that was your jack daniels! >> maybe. okay. i've got to do this quick. >> oh, go ahead. >> good news in a bad economy. caught me. here's the good news. in a few months, you may be able to save money if you buy dishwashers and refrigerate ares. it's a cash for clunkers program for appliances. big appliances. furnaces and heaters, too, you may be able to get rebates up to $200. $300 million marked for the whole program, part of the stimulus package. but -- here is the big but, your state is going to be able to write its own rules, so it could be very different, depending on where you live. we should know more around halloween. >> and if cash for clunkers is any signal, you may want to act fast on that one. i didn't mean to embarrass you, i'm sorry. remember the two police officers missing from texas? we have an update on the story this morning. we will tell you what happened at the end of this standoff.
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the cia apparently hired contractors to be a part of a secret program to kill top-level members of al qaeda in 2004. now, according to the "associated press," the contracts with black water usa were unsuccessful and cancelled several years ago. blackwater was at the center of a shooting that left seventeen iraqi civilians dead. it is unclear whether the cia planned to use the contractors to kill al qaeda operatives. a cop let his ex-girlfriend go after a standoff with police. this is the latest in a story we brought you yesterday. police found julio reyes and his girlfriend in a vacant house. she is also a police officer. police say he let her go and then killed himself. officer rachel hillsman was not hurt in the standoff. she and the suspected kidnapper had a child together, but had broken off their relationship
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earlier this year. one of the most closely watched and contentious lists of america's best colleges is out now. "u.s. news and world reports" says harvard and princeton tied for number one. yale is in third. four universities -- four tied for fourth. critics say the rankings pressure folks on boosting scores instead of improving teaching. but some educators say they're a helpful consumer tool. here is the story that makes you go hmmm. i wonder. an nba star's laptop has been stolen, and his lawyer is just kind of bonkers about it. worried that what's on there is going to get out. which makes you go, what's on there? hi, rafer. >> good morning, robin. that's right. their reaction to it has maybe created a little bit more of a demand, perhaps, of what's on there. we don't know. l.a. clippers star darren davis is the player. he sent a letter to the smoking gun. the laptop was stolen and in the
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letter, the lawyer threatened legal action to anyone who publishes anything on that computer and says it contains, quote, a variety of pictures and images of davis, his associates and his colleagues. >> huh? >> and they would be liable for substantial compensatory and punitive damages. now, let's be fair. barron davis does own a production company. maybe there is a music video on there or an independent film. i'm just saying. it's possible. it will not be possible, though, to buy michael vick's jersey, at least at one sporting goods outlet. dick's sporting good say they will not carry the quarterback's new jersey, until they get an evaluation from the reaction of eagles' fans. so there will be no vick at dick's. you can buy his jersey at nflshop.com. that's true. brett favre mania has swept up minnesota. get this. since joining the team, the vikings have sold over 3,000 season ticket packages, so that's for every home game. and 11,000 single-game tickets in just 24 hours.
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that is amazing, considering this team had had trouble selling out playoff games in the past. david letterman offered his take on favre's return. letterman ofe on favre's return. >> going to be a pretty good deal for the vikings. he's getting $12 million for minnesota. my god, talk about cash for clunkers. this is a cbs special report. brett favre has unretired to sign with the minnesota vikings. >> letterman has proved to me favre will break down this year. who knows, he could prove us wrong. >> all right. thanks. people in india are getting the keys to the tata nano. it's the cheapest car in the industry. what's it mean for the industry? clark howard breaks it down. >> the nano car, the world's
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cheapest automobile, is now in people's driveways in india. this car that you can buy in india for $2500, that's right, a full four-door car seats four people you like, a fifth you don't, is now available and selling like crazy. and you may wonder, why am i telling you about a car that's only available in india? well, big news. this car just passed the european union's safety and crash test which are somewhat similar to ours, and europeans are already buzz that go they'll be able to buy a car that even with the modifications for europe will be somewhere around $3500. what about us? i want you to know for us this is a clear trend we'll see in the next few years, cars cheaper than you ever imagined, about the price of a motorcycle. i'm clark howard. for more ways to save, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward.
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>> well, clark will teach you to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. catch him on noon eastern saturdays and sundays here on hln. senator ted kennedy is feeling concerned about his battle with brain cancer. @@@@@@@
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good morning! morning, sunshine. it is thursday next to friday. hope that makes you feel better. i'm robin meade. you know the cash for clunkers program, it may be running out again of gas. dozens of car dealers just do not want to deal with cash for clunkers anymore. violence is not enough to keep afghans from going to the polls. stakes are high for them and for u.s. troops. an update on the story of a cop kidnapped by a fellow cop. their coworkers have mixed emotions about an outcome of the case this morning. first, though, the cash for clunkers program seems to be a victim of its own success and it
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may be running out of time again. the washington post says dozens of car dealers are pulling out of the program. they say they're not getting paid by the government for the money they basically have front ed to the customer. >> they can't continue to exist with that. this has been a program that's probably the best incentive stimulus funds the government can come up with. it's generated funds and traffic. the problem is in the details, and it's a program that's just too hard to sort of control. the dealers are out hundreds of thousands of dollars, waiting for some indication that they're going to be paid for cars already sold. >> they say the dealers will get paid for the deals they're making, but the national automotive dealers association is urging the government to shut down the program now. the obama administration is developing plans to do that and could announce something by
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tomorrow. people in afghanistan got some extra time at the polls to vote in the election today. abdullah abdullah voted this morning. reporter ivan watson says it's crucial for the elections to be fair. >> it's important to see whether or not these elections will be credible, and if the taliban succeeds in convincing afghans and scaring them from voting, particularly in the sparsely populated areas in the east where the taliban is strongest, it will undermine the credibility of the afghan government and really strike a blow to this eight-year effort to really try to develop a stable afghanistan. >> that was a rocket attack in afghanistan's hellman province today achlt reporter says there were nearly 20 rocket attacks.
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one landed near a line of voters and a child was reportedly killed. another attack was reported at a voting site in kabul. six u.s. troops have died in afghanistan this week. five of those were killed in combat. in about ten minutes, correspondent richard lui explains how the election results could affect the u.s. mission in afghanistan. new this morning, a poignant letter from senator ted kennedy asking them to change a law about him in congress. there is a growing concern about ted kennedy and his growing brain cancer. ted wants to temporarily appoint someone to succeed. they expect an election to be held. the national hurricane center says that a hurricane or tropical storm warning may be issued for bermuda, the only major island near the storm's
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path. bob is going to tell you a little more about the long-range path. the man wanted for questioning wanted in the death of a swimsuit model may have slipped over the border. police say they were briefly married. she was found saturday in a suitcase in bueno park, california. she may have been strangled. >> our fear is that he might possibly be enroute to canada. we were able to ascertain his involvement with the help of the los angeles police department. mr. jenkins reported ms. fiore missing the evening that we discovered her body. he was the last person seen with her. >> well, jenkins was on two vh 1 reality shows. meeg an was a on a reality show.
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a plane bombing over lockheed, scotland was released from prison today. he had been serving a life sentence but is suffering from terminal prostate cancer. any minute now, he's going to be returning to libya. 270 people were killed on pan am flight 103 when it went down. the united states says it regrets the decision to release the bomber. so what is the long-range forecast for hurricane bill? that's a category 3. that's still a major hurricane. >> it is a major hurricane. it's in 125-mile-per-hour winds, and those winds go out from the center of the storm. the hurricane center's trek does continue to push this thing to the northwest, aiming for a weak
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innocence the bermuda high. then it moves due west over the weekend. it will be a category 3 off the coast of jersey. that will give you big waves and we're talking about dangerous rip currents starting tonight, through the weekend to monday and tuesday, and it could take it directly to a category 1 storm. hopefully it bends farther to the right, but that's what it looks like right now. this is what it looked like on tuesday around midday. that's when it was gathering strength as a category 2 storm. look at the banding feature. it had 100-mile-per-hour winds in this photograph. now it's been buzzed down to just a bit over 125. that will strengthen again to a category 4 either tonight or tomorrow, so watch the thing strengthen once again. you can see the thunderstorms racing down to new york city. more pockets of rain around
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oklahoma. that's in oklahoma city as well. what about yesterday's image? this brand-new image coming into chesterfield, indiana. this is the first time i'm seeing this video, and it's a tough call to see what it is, but it looks to me like that debris is just scattered all around. this is 45 miles south of south bend, indiana. this is damage from yesterday. to me it looks like a tornado bau because it looks like pretty much isolated damage. the rest of the houses look okay but you can see scattered timbers and lumber all over. that looks like it could be a tornado, and there were 18 reports of tornadoes yesterday. brand-new video coming in from indiana, rob. more in just a little bit. >> thank you. soon you could get cash from the government for replacing your old appliances. hey? but there's a catch. of course, there is. the l.a. coroner wanted to
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learn more about michael jackson's dermatologist yesterday, even though his investigation was supposedly finished.
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in our salute to the troops, it's going to be about five months until the wedding and the fiancee of corpsman jeremy sachs wants him to know how much she loves him. >> good morning, robin. this is brenda, and i want to send a military salute to my fiancee, agent sachs. we know you're soon going to leave us, and we want you to know we cherish every moment with you and we love you. >> thank you, brenda. life expectancy in the united states has hit a record
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high. you'll see in the next half hour why americans are living longer than ever, but who still has us beat? investigators were back at the office of michael jackson's dermatologist yesterday. you can see reporters swarming the lead investigate or from the l.a. county coroner's office. they said more than a week ago that their investigation was finished. they had already searched dr. conrad murray's office july 14. they say now they're looking to corroborate their info and that klein was not questioned. >> dr. arnold klein wants to maintain his utter cooperation with any and all law enforcement authority with respect to the investigation into the cause of death of michael jackson. he has done so, he will continue to do so, and i am confident as his counsel that at the end of the day, he will be fully exonerated of any and all innuendo and speculation that exists out there. thank you very much. >> jackson visited klein's office three days before he
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died. klein has denied giving him any dangerous drugsz. the coroner's office says he won't release its report on jackson's death until the police wrap up their investigation. the white house is sending a strong message to employers to get ready for a possible swine flu outbreak. our money expert jennifer westhoven. what's your boss supposed to do? >> if you call in sick and you've got swine flu, your boss is supposed to let you stay home. the white house is saying, businesses, you have to get your act together and have a plan. they want businesses to revise sick policies to be flexible and not punitive. you shouldn't get punished if you're calling in sick for swine flu in the event of an outbreak. they do expect that to come. coming in sick is not just bad for you, it's bad for the company. it could be deadly for your coworkers, too. so measurements you and your company can take, number one, if you're sick, stay home. and your office should support you in that.
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try tell commuting and working in shifts, too. what we saw in the spring is small compared to what's happening in the fall and winter. in a few months, you should be able to get some money back in a rebate if you buy washing machines, dishwashers, anything that takes energy. it's kind of like a cash for clunkers but for large appliances. heaters and air conditioners, too, you should be able to get a rebate of about $200. it's part of a stimulus package, but your state government will decide the rules, so it could be different depending on where you live. we should know more around halloween. a savvy businessman is turning trash into treasure. one of his main products is worm pop. stephanie ely looks at this man's climb to the top of the garbage heap. >> you could call him trashy and
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get away with it. tom is the president of terracycle. >> we make vinyl records into clocks, circuit boards into frames. there is an in if i -- infinite number of examples. >> now everything they make is about turning trash into treasure for cheap. >> our cost is just the selling or the conversion but not the full cost of the product. >> tom dropped out of princeton in 2002 to focus on terracycle. it's now a multi-million-dollar company, and he wants it to be a billion-dollar company in ten years. but it's not all about the money. >> just in 2008, we saved somewhere over 100 million units in waste. i think the planet will become a better place if terracycle
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becomes huge, so i will do everything in my power to make this company a success. >> come on, maybe you think you make a product or your company does something better than worm pop. get competitive. if you're a small business owner, send us your video ireport, share your ticps. you could be next on morning express. a model who is being heckled on line now knows who was doing it and she got to confront the blogger who wrote some nasty things about her.
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voters in afghanistan cast ballots in their second election ever. they worked with nato forces to provide security. correspondent richard lui, hello to you. what does this mean to our special interests there? we have so many troops there.
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>> the u.s. has 600 troops in afghanistan and sometimes more. already on par with all of 2008. t in the death numbers. president obama will be working with the new president there, trying to keep that amount down. more than 9% of the world's opium, robin, much of the procedures ending up going back to the taliban. >> so how does the obama administration determine, hey, this is a success in terms of our relationship here? >> high turnout would show that the taliban has not intimidated the somewhat 15 million registered voters in the country, but we're hearing turnout is mixed right now. high in the north but low in the south at the capital where the taliban has been attacking recently. the media were warned not to
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report on election day sviolenc because it could keep voters away. they say it was a violation of their constitutional rights and media freedom. new video of possible tornado or straight line winds have caused some extensive damage in chestertown, indiana. bob says it looks like a tornado to him because of the way the damage is strewn about there. it seems to be in a random pattern. if it was straight line, it would be in a directional pattern. we do not have confirmation about that, though. wind gusts at 100 miles an hour blew through chestertown? yikes. it blew the roof off of a school, caused considerable damage. you can imagine, it's right before school starts there. this is a piece of tape. how would like to be the one to have to ask this person, are you a boy or a girl?
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that is a question being asked of a south african track champion. >> and we're in you be precedented territory, robin. track and field has never had to do this, robin, and it's very controversial. the runner we're talking about, her name is caster semenye. officials say she is undergoing a gender test right now. the reason is because her dramatic record in times, her muscular build made them question. it takes a whole team of doctors, including a psychologist. the hockey player accused of beating up a cabby for 20 cents is not going to be indicted. you remember the story, the cabby gave them some money, he didn't have 20 cents. by the way, he will be on the cover of the upcoming nhl video
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game. fyi, there. the williams sisters are joining gloria estefan as part owner of the dolphins. serena says they're in negotiations, but an ap source says it's a done deal. the stadium is already named land shark because of jimmy buffett's deal. somebody parked a stock car on the white house lawn -- >> it does look out of place. >> actually, this is by design. president obama hosted nine of nascar's grates, including the owner of that car, jimmie johnson, and afterward joked about wanting to take jimmie's number 48 car out for a spin. the secret service said no. >> i've been saying all morning, i'm surprised the secret service can say no to the president. >> can you imagine if he crashed it? >> then it would be them in
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trouble. milwaukee's mayor is speaking out about being beaten by a metal pipe. what he says happened before the brutal attack.
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good morning! start to the day on wall street. a worst than expected job report may put a drag on stocks today. we'll check in live. if you still intend to get in on the cash for clunkers program, you better act fast. more dealers are opting out. the washington post says that many of them are not getting paid for the money they basically fronted to car buyers. they say the dealers will get their money and they will shut the program down soon. remember this story? marcus schrenker crashed his plane in florida after he bailed out. authorities in indiana now plan
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to prosecute him on charges connected to his failed business. an army helicopter crashed into colorado's second highest mountain. authorities say two people died, one is injured and another is still missing. the faa says the blackhawk was campbell yesterday. army officials are not saying who was on board or how that happened. 31 minutes past the hour. good morning if you're just joining us. where have you been this morning, huh? 'been waiting for you. i'm robin meade. breaking news yesterday. investigators are closing off part of the investigation into what brought down air france flight 47. french investigators say they've given up the underwater search for air france flight 447 flight recorders. flight 447 crashed june 1st in the atlantic. it was on its way from rio de
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jan deiro from paris. the election in afghanistan got started. light turnout was where the taliban was stronger. they hope for this election to be free and fair. >> with the united states and international community are two things. first off are elections perceived to be legitimate and it doesn't matter who wins there. second, we have to make sure if karzai does win that he's not going to use the post-election period simply to staff what he perceives to be key ministries with cronies or people he's trying to reward because of the election campaign. well, that was a rocket attack in afghanistan's helman province today. a reporter says there were nearly 20 rocket attacks.
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one rocket landed near a line of voters and a child reportedly was killed. another attack was reported at a voting site in kabul. six u.s. troops have died in afghanistan this week. five of those were killed in combat. the president is reaching out for faith groups for health reform. yesterday he made a conference call to religious leaders that were streemd over the web, and 140,000 people listened in. he asked them to knock on their neighbors' doors. >> i know there's been a lot of misinformation in this debate, and people are frankly bearing false witness. i need you to speak the facts and speak the truth. >> the info is at cnn.com/robin. a texas police officer suspended of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend let her go after a standoff with police. it's the latest in a story we told you about yesterday. police found julio reyes and the woman in a vacant house.
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he shot at police and dragged her up stairs. she is also a police officer. police say he let her go and then killed himself. officer rachel hillsman was not hurt in the standoff. she and the suspected kidnapper had a child together but had broken off their relationship earlier this year. a new cdc report says life expectancy in the united states is at an all-time high, nearly 78 years. so that means a baby born in 2007 is expected to live that long. the report says that death rates are down in almost all of the leading cases -- make that causes of death, like cancer and heart disease. japan has the longest life expectancy. that's 83 years. police dash cams have gone high tech. listen. this new one shows a crash, and it works like your dvr. the camera starts recording on impact, and it's programmed to save the 30 seconds leading up to it on a hard drive.
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no one was seriously hurt in this one. the sheriff's department in indiana says it cost several thousand dollars. they used drug money to buy it. we are talking a lot about hurricane bill because it's big, it has a lot of strength. we're about to show you how far away from the united states it still is. hi, bob. >> good morning, robin. we all zoom in to the satellite picture, but i want to give you a good perspective on how far it actually is from the u.s. mainland. winds at 125 miles per hour. it's a category 3 storm. it's going to go to cape hatteras and bermuda and off the coast of new jersey and new york, and it might clip nova scotia, it might clip newfoundland, but we need to watch it. today it could be up to a category 4 by this afternoon. big thundershowers right around oklahoma city now.
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heavy rain makers, that's what you have right here. they're not severe at the moment, but we are going to see these popping up later. fort smith, arkansas, thunderstorms popping up there. that's been there for the last two hours. more showers racing on into western parts of kentucky, western parts of tennessee. this entire region could see severe weather develop this afternoon. that will be ahead of this cold front as it heads to the west. le let me show you some brand-new video we're getting in. this is winds that could have been a tornado. we're not quite sure whether it is or not. they're calling the winds at 100 miles per hour, actually ripped the roof off a school in that area. southwestern michigan and northern indiana yesterday. there were sightings of tornadoes from minnesota to iowa and illinois. this may have been another one.
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look at the trees snapped up. it may have been a tornado. we'll find that out. check this out. shots in manhattan. big-time thunderstorms rolling through the city of manhattan just the other day. that lightning strike is a little too close for comfort. just lights up the sky when it's that close. it's also loud as all the sound reverberates off the buildings when it goes through. >> thanks. disappointing news from the job market has the stocks on wall street under pressure this morning. susan lisovicz is at the new york stock exchange and she has a closer look at those numbers. morning! >> morning, robin. those lightning bolts felt like they were over my head! >> glad you're okay. >> i'm glad we're all okay.
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great pictures there. pictures improving here on wall street. we got a lousy job report an hour ago. new jobless claims unexpectedly jumped by 15,000, the number of americans drawing benefits for one week or more inched up to just under 6.25 million people showing it's still tough for people to find work. right now we have a little bit of a ral didlyrally, showing th disappointment. the operator of k mart and sears lost $195 million in the last quarter. sears isn't doing as well as k mart, largely because sears sells a lot of appliances and tools which is tied closely to the power sec ter. catch-up sales, though, are strong. heinz ketchup, the ketchup king made $2 million the last quarter, but overall, its
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profits were down. and robin, i know we talked about the jetblue promotion, all you can fly. >> uh-huh. >> well, guess what? you know, it was only while supplies last, and supplies are cheap and jetblue is ending its all you can fly promotion a day early because supplies aren't lasting. it says sales of the $599 unlimited pass exceeded its expectations. it wants to make sure all those unlimited flyers will have seats. >> did you hear the story behind this story, that some people were so giddy about it that they were flying places just to fly. like not even getting out of the airport. oh, let's go to puerto rico, then we'll fly to noew york, thn seattle, and we won't even get out of the plane. >> blog about it, especially if you don't have a job. if you have $599, have your own little adventure. >> so it worked out for them. thank you. >> you're welcome. people in a post office ran
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for cover when a woman drove through the front window!
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breaking news today, the man responsible for the 1988 plane bombing over lockerbie, scotland has just been released from prison today. now, he had been serving a life sentence but was released early for humanitarian reasons. these are live pictures of what appears to be a motorcade carrying him from the prison to the airport. the guy is suffering with terminal prostate cancer, and they released him apparently to go back home to libya. 270 people were killed on pan am flight 103 when it went down. the white house says it deeply regrets the decision to release
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the bomber. i know we've heard from at least one of a family member of the victim, saying that it's just unconscionable that they would release him. it's a compassionate release, basically, because he's dying of cancer, but their point is what about the 270 people that were on that plane? this is a look at the motorcade taking him from the prison to the airport today. your heart healthy breakfast you might be downing right now may be dressed-up junk food. a price waterhouse research says that food seeming to have extra nutrients may not be as healthy as you're led to believe. it's products like sugary cereals that have extra fiber. people think they're good for them so they end up eating too much of them. no one was seriously hurt when a car crashed through the post office. this is in greer, south carolina. police say an 87-year-old woman was waiting in her car for her son when it happened. >> her car was in drive, foot
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slipped off the brake and hit the gas. >> there were people inside and people coming out. i really don't know how anyone kept from getting hurt. >> one man was knocked down but he's okay. police say the woman will not be cited. one of the big stories today is a threat for violence for voters in afghanistan. richard lui is getting the latest on that situation, and the other story that's coming up for you in the 10:00 a.m. eastern hour. >> coming up, the afghan government taking measures to make sure everyone who wanted to vote in the country could. we'll examine why today's election is important to the united states. then it's challenging enough for u.s. troops to return to civilian life, but there is a trend that's making things especially difficult for many of them. it has to do with jobs. people who constantly worry tend to die at a younger age than others. but you might be surprised, robin, to find how this is linked to tobacco. that's coming up at 10:15.
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>> that is interesting. thank you. people in india are getting keys to the tata nano. hln's money expert clark howard breaks down how that new car there may help your wallet here. >> the nano car, the world's cheapest automobile, is now in people's driveways in india. this car that you can buy in india for $2,500, that's right, a full four-door car seats four people you like, a fifth you don't, is now available and selling like crazy. and you may wonder, why am i telling you about a car that's only available in india? well, big news. this car just passed the european union's safety and crash tests which are somewhat similar to ours, and europeans are already buzzing that they're going to be able to buy a car that even with the modifications for europe will end up being
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somewhere around $3,500. what about us? i want you to know for us this is a clear trend that we're going to see in the next few years, cars cheaper than you ever imagined, about the price of a motorcycle. i'm clark howard. for more ways to save, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. so catch him at noon eastern on saturdays and sundays here on hln. some commuters had a rough time because there was a boat blocking the highway. hear about that boating accident on the highway.
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good morning! every single one of our viewers is a vip to us. if you would like to take the vip tour, as you can see, it ends right here in the studio on thursday, like these fine folks. go to cnn.com/robin. i'd like to meet you. the man in prison for the
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lockerbie bombing in scotland has just been released from prison. those are live pictures as he was released from prison to go to the airport. he received life in prison but was released for humanitarian reasons. he suffers from cancer. 270 people were killed in the plane crash when it went down, and the u.s. deeply regrets the decision to release the bomber. a wild car chase ended with a boat flipping onto a busy highway. police in new haven, connecticut say a man stole the 32-footer and wouldn't stop. he eventually started swerving back and forth and the boat tipped off the trailer, and ka-boom! it blocked traffic. no one was hurt. the man faces several charges. an nba's laptop was stolen and his lawyer is just going
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bonkers worried about what might get out. which makes you wonder, i wonder what's on there. >> when you whatever happens to this computer -- >> material, right. barron davis is the star we're talking about. his lawyer sent a letter to the smoking gun after he had his laptop stolen, promising legal action against anyone who publishes anything on that computer, saying it has photographs and videos depicting a number of private images and they would be libel for compensatory damages. to be fair, davis does own a production company, so maybe there's an independent film on there. i can't wait to find out. michael vick may be back in the nfl, but you cannot buy his jersey, at least at one sporting goods outlet. a spokesman for dick's sporting goods says they will not carry the quarterback's new eagles jersey until they evaluate the
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reaction of eagles' fans. you can buy his jersey on nflshop.com, if you so choose. meanwhile, favre mania sweeping minnesota. the vikings has sold over 3,000 season ticket packages and 11,000 single game tickets in just 24 hours. this is amazing, considering the vikings had trouble selling out playoff tickets in the past. david letterman had his take on favre's return. >> it's going to be a pretty good deal with the vikings. he's getting $12 million from minnesota. my god, talk about cash for clunkers. this is a cbs news special report. brett favre has unretired to sign with the harlan globe trotters. >> like he went through all the football teams, now it's basketball. bobby, you. >> let me tell you what's going on. one delay, pretty big one, out in san francisco. it's fog, a 66-minute delay and construction delays in minneapolis go through the morning.
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how about the rest of the day? big-time thunderstorms around new york city metro. hour delay or more there. atlanta, some storms. chicago, thunderstorms too. we'll be talking about that later. more morning express in just a couple of minutes. @@@@@@@@@@@@@@
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